One measure of what's going on in the field of English studies is the mix of panels at the annual professional conference of the Modern Language Association. Nearly 10% of sessions at this year's MLA focus on the digital humanities.
Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age:
E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices
12 December 2012. Hotel Parque Central, Havana, Cuba.
Proposals due 15 May 2012.
In the September 25, 2011 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kathleen Fitzpatrick writes that "The case for why a graduate student should take a chance on an innovative project—a dissertation in film studies that builds its argument in both video and text form, for instance, or a project that uses geospatial technologies to map literary movements—is pretty straightforward: Real innovation requires risk. "
Fitzpatrick is the Director of Scholarly Communications for the MLA and a Professor at Pomona College. Visit the Chronicle to read the full opinion piece: